OPPENHEIM, MÉRET. ORIGINAL ART in an Autograph Letter Signed.
MÉRET OPPENHEIM sketched an imaginary character under which she wrote a letter about a forthcoming photography exhibition. Autograph Letter SIGNED, 4to, n.p., May 2,1967. She writes that she sent "19 photographs," and adds in a post script in pencil that she will send her Stockholm catalog. Signed "Meret O."
In 1967, the year she wrote our letter, Oppenheim was given a major retrospective in Stockholm. Her comment on the "Stockholm catalog" may be a reference to that exhibit. During the following decade she attracted renewed interest with the growing attention to women artists.
Currently, Oppenheim is the focus of a new exhibition, "Meret Oppenheim: My Exhibition," which showcases about 200 art pieces at New York's Museum of Modern Art, Oct. 2022 to March 2023. MOMA's first purchase of art crafted by a woman was Oppenheim's Surrealist sculpture, "Object in Fur," in 1936. She withdrew from the art word returning later in photography as she mentions here. She developed a unique style apart from a particular movement although she is still recognized as one of the few female Surrealists. Her letters, particularly with drawings, are rare.
The drawing with note measures 8.25 x 11.6 and floats on a dark gray mat overlaid with a white mat, framed in black satin finished wood, matted and framed in museum quality materials, framed in 5/8/inch black satin wood. Frame measures 19 1/8 x 16. Condition: this drawing is rendered on thin paper onto which another piece of paper is attached at the back along top edge. The overall condition is very good, sunning along the right and left margins, two small light age stains near the right edge, center fold visible.